Ba Laigh O


Boy, roll the dark and roll the stars

Inna a drum to sound out far

Bring ’em pouring white and charred

Them painted bodies under the stars

Ba laigh o you bend the beats

An’ break the floor down underneath

As I watch the flashin’ of your feet

Ba laigh o down underneath

Boy, jump the sea an’ raise your gun

Thunder voice to drum and drum

Throw bass bullets on your run

An’ inna yell the sea be stunned

Ba laigh o you bend the beats

An’ break the walls down underneath

As I watch the flashin’ of your feet

Ba laigh o down underneath

Now roarin’ down a wave o’ paint

Boy, your beats will bring the rain

Out on the roofs an’ on the plain

On all ’em people and all their paint

Ba laigh o you bend the beats

An’ break the world down underneath

As I watch the flashin’ of your feet

Ba laigh o down underneath

As I join the flashin’ of your feet

Ba laigh o down underneath

Β© 2013 Elizabeth Cook

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25 comments

      1. I also thought it was Gaelic or Welsh. I found somebody with that name on Facebook πŸ™‚
        It sounds very nice (although understanding it is beyond my English), its like a shanty. Somebody should compose a melody to this.

  1. Wow. Booming, full-toned lyrics reverberating through images of pummeling hands and blurring feet to the machine-gun rattle fusing rhyme and rhythm into a glorious message of sonorous expression. Loved it. Very well done.

  2. Great poem! Thank you so much for liking the one I recently posted. That was the greatest thing you could do for me really! Cannot thank you or the others who have liked it so far enough. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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